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Field Classes

Join Heather Luna for fun and informative herb walks

to explore edible & medicinal plants of the Sierra Foothills

Seasonal Herb Walks

Herb Walks are held on Saturdays from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm PST

Herb Walks are held outdoors at various locations throughout the Nevada County area. We will learn botanical identification and uses of medicinal and edible plants in their local habitats. Enjoy a gentle hike into the beautiful, wild forest landscape of the Sierra foothills to meet and discuss the local plant life.

  • 3-hour Herb Walk

  • Plant Identification

  • Learn about the medicinal plants of the Sierras including history, lore, medicinal uses, and herbal actions.

These classes are rich botanical adventures which strengthen our relationships to the plants and the use of herbs in our daily lives. Due to the variation of ecosystems and activities held at each field class throughout the season every stand-alone class is a unique experience that cannot reflect the entirety of outdoor adventures we will embark throughout the year. For the full experience of traveling through the seasons join us once a month. These are inspirational botanical play days for every level of herbalist, from beginner to professional. 

  • Water

  • Light trail snack

  • Good hiking shoes

  • Note pad

  • Most trails we hike are considered easy 

  • We will meet rain, snow or shine

  • Weather appropriate layers of clothing depending on the season:

    • Long pants (with wooly unders/leggings if cold), short sleeves shirt or tank top with long sleeve shirt on top. Plus a hoodie or wool sweater. **Remember you can always shed layers, but you can’t magically make new layers appear while out in the field.

    • Sunhat and light weight loose long sleeves and pants to prevent bug bites, bramble scratches and sunburn on sunny days

    • Rain slicker with waterproof hood and water proof gear with warm wool under layers on rainy days

What to Bring


  • Herb Walks are held on Saturdays from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm PST

  • Registration closes on the Friday before at noon.

  • Location directions will be emailed to you after registration. All locations are within the Nevada County area. 

General public $40

Choose which class you would like to attend and click on the "Register" button below.  Follow the instructions to register online. 

ACORN Student price $25

If you are a currently enrolled student with ACORN you receive a discounted price for Field Classes.

Students please email the school to register:

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